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The Big Apple’s eight public beaches will open for swimming on time this year on Memorial Day weekend — and public pools will be back in summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a wonderful summer in New York City,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing, noting that the beaches will be open for swimming on May 29.
However, sun worshippers are still going to have to abide by state coronavirus health protocols, like maintaining at least six feet of distance between themselves and others — and wearing a mask when they can’t.
De Blasio suggested those rules could change this summer season as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the virus situation improves.
“I won’t be surprised if over the course of the summer there’s ways of doing things differently and, you know, giving people a little more freedom,” the mayor said, adding, “If things continue to improve, hopefully we can relax some of those rules.”
Hizzoner explained, “Obviously as more people get vaccinated, I do think that’s going to drive down the [coronavirus] case count, for sure.”
Additionally, de Blasio said that 48 of the city’s 53 public outdoor pools will open the day after Gotham’s last day of school on June 26. The remaining five closed pools are undergoing rehabilitation.
Pool visitors must also follow the COVID-19 safety rules.
“It’s outdoors, it’s exactly where we want people to be,” de Blasio said of the pools and beaches. “It’s exactly how we want the families of New York City to spend their summer.”
The opening of Gotham’s public pools and swimming at beaches was delayed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beaches officially opened for swimming on July 1, while outdoor pools returned in late July.
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